EMULSIVE is a space for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
On the website, you will find a host of film stock and camera reviews, how-tos, as well as essays, photo stories and thought pieces from a network of super-talented and enthusiastic film photographers. You’ll also find the fortnightly EMULSIVE Interview: a series of interviews with film photographers the world over.
On top of all that, I manage a network of active communities on social media; and create and help support various film-related events throughout the year.
You can probably best describe me as a reasonable advocate of film.
How can you get involved?
The answer is: frequently and with passion. I love to hear your stories and feature them in this little corner of the internet.
I am currently looking for submissions covering:
- medium and large format camera reviews
- film stock reviews in any format
- long-form essays / thought pieces
- photo stories and photo sets
Essentially, if you have something to get off your chest, please get in touch and we’ll work something out.
If you’re a lab and would like to get featured on the Global Film Lab Map, please let me know. I’d also be honoured to feature you and your war stories.
Want to see what other lovers of film photography have contributed to EMULSIVE? We’ve got your back.
Hang on, what’s this “reasonable advocate” rubbish all about?
The internet is a wonderful place to discover, share and converse but the inherent digital distance can have the handy side effect of creating argument and tension under the guise of discussion and debate.
By “reasonable advocate of film” I mean this: film as a medium of expression is an individual choice and absolutely 100% not suitable for each and every photographic endeavour.
I believe that while film remains far superior to digital photography in many ways, digital is also far superior in others. Each opinion, use-case and preference should be respected.
Although EMULSIVE is purely focused on film photography from an editorial standpoint, I respect that many of my readers (and featured interviewees) use digital cameras – so do I (mostly for shots of food/feet for Instagram).
Why do you do this?
The project was born from equal parts frustration and love – frustration with the lack of current, reliable examples and reference material for film stocks and film cameras; and love because I really do love the medium.
I want to share what we’ve learned and help the community do the same. There’s too much in the way of disinformation and old wives’ tales out there about film and in part, I hope to dispel and verify those claims through testing and demonstration.
…and the name?
EMULSIVE comes from a contraction of “EMULSion is emotIVE“, although the word itself conveniently also describes a substance that can be made into an emulsion – unexpected but nice!
It also has a nice feel to it and rolls nicely off the tongue, don’t you think?
Is it free?
Yes. In addition, editorial is free of sponsorship.
There are display ads on the site in an attempt to try and cover web/email hosting and associated service costs, and I really appreciate your decision not to use an ad blocker.
In January 2018 I created a Patreon page to help support the rising costs of running this platform, as well as to help build out in the future. Everything you need to know about the why’s and what’s can be found over on Patreon.
If you have a film-related product that you’d like reviewed, I’d love to hear from you. Simply use the contact page to get in touch.
How often is the site updated?
As of December 2017, I aim to publish at least five new image posts (taken by EMULSIVE), one interview and five articles/essays each week. Interviews are released every other Wednesday at ~11am EST.
Hang on, EMULSIVE and EMULSIVE? What gives?
EMULSIVE is a project run by EMULSIVE (aka EM)…confused?
How can I keep up?
You also have the option of following via RSS, via a weekly newsletter digest or via browser notifications (you get a little nudge on your computer, tablet or phone every time a new article is published.
Did I miss anything?
If so, please drop me a line with your questions.